It’s going to take me a minute to write this post. I can’t see the keyboard through all the tears. I just read this and it’s a kick in the gut. I am so tired of reporting sad news. I am so sick of people getting fucking cancer. This one just crushes me.
If you are not a fan of Top Chef, you really missed out. Fatima was a lovely presence who was eliminated in the ninth episode on a football cookout challenge. Shortly after the season started airing, she announced that she had cancer. We all watched and began to notice she was a bit tired at times and seemed to have an issue with her shoulder here and there.
In August of last year Fatima announced that she had been diagnosed with a rare cancer of the bone and soft-tissue, Ewing sarcoma. Last fall, she began chemotherapy and kept such a positive attitude. In January of this year, she underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her shoulder. Her favorite chef and mentor, Padma was there with here. Ali was declared cancer-free in February. In April she was back to cooking and posting her usual positive words,
Had the most incredible time at pebble beach food and wine. I cried after service in my room because I was so overwhelmed with joy at being able to cook again. I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to keep up, especially with my left arm handicap but with the help of my bff @shilpausk we kicked ass and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am so lucky to be able to still do what I love despite my illness and I can’t WAIT till my treatment is over so I can open up my own restaurant in beautiful California and show the world all the beautiful food of Pakistan 🌞#fuckcancer
In August she completed her chemo, but there seemed to be some serious complications that were not really explained.
Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks. My last round of chemotherapy is DONE. After being hospitalized for acute pain in my lower back that they now think could be chemo related bone necrosis, my docs recommended that I not take my last scheduled dose and I’m more than happy to oblige. I’m back home, my hair is growing and I need a few more weeks rest before I can get back into gear. As for the bit about my bone dying, I had no idea that could even happen. But hey at least the cancers not back 🖕🏽 #fuckcancer#byechemo
Then last month, the 29-year-old chef was told that her cancer had returned, this time to her femur and left hip, and that she had only a year left to live.
Fati spent the last two weeks of September in the hospital. The cast of season 15 was all together at an event and sent her a video full of love and support.
Today, her story appeared in Bon Appetit. Go read the whole thing
The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone. My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen. I was looking forward to being 30, flirty, and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.
I’ve opened all the windows in my house. I feel like I need a lot more air than I did before I read this. I’m going to stop watching politics, or at least try to do it less. We all need to find reasons to live and be happy regardless of how dire we may feel our circumstances are. At least we are alive and we need to make sure we are living.